World’s Oldest Restaurants

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2 min readJul 2, 2021


Here are the 10 oldest, including one that served both Mozart & Clint Eastwood.

Gostilna Gastuz: Slovenia (1467)- Its well-known dishes are mushroom soup & buckwheat porridge. It is one of the most highly respected restaurants in the country. (10th oldest).

Honke Owariya: Japan (1465)- Famous for its soba, made with mushrooms, egg, shrimp, tempura, nori, leeks and daikon. It started off as a confectionary store and according to its ancient literature, it moved to Kyoto

‘in search of better class of customers’. (9th oldest).

Gasthof Lowen: Liechtenstein (1380)- boast a history stretching back more than 600 years and has accommodated many famous guests in its time. The architectural features are a feast for the eyes and known for serving its patrons veal with vegetables. (8th oldest).

Sheep Heid Inn: Scotland (1360)- Reputedly been an Inn, perhaps the oldest licensed premises in Edinburgh. It has witnessed many remarkable national events and possesses an old-fashioned bowling alley built around 1880. It is known for serving steak and roasted mushrooms. (7th oldest).

La Couronne: France (1345)- The oldest Inn in France. In 1948, the restaurant served celebrity chef & author Julia Child her first French meal, which was said to inspire her to devote her life to promoting French cuisine.

(6th oldest).

The Brazen Head: Ireland (1198)- is located on the Bridge Street, the area from where the original settlement that was to become ‘Dublin’ got its name and it was at this very spot that the original crossing of the river Liffey was located. it is most well-known for its bangers & mash. (5th oldest).

Ma Yu Ching: China (1153)- An historic restaurant established during the Jin Dynasty. Their signature dish

‘Bucket Chicken’ was named as an ‘intangible cultural heritage’ of Henan province. (4th oldest).

The Old House: Wales (1147)- is famous for pies with chips and peas. The famous patrons to this pub include Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and David Bowie. (3rd oldest).

Wurstkuchl: Germany (1146)- This building was a construction office for the Regensburg stone bridge and when the bridge was finished the building became a restaurant. It is perhaps the oldest continuously open public restaurant in the world. It is famous for its sausages and sauerkraut and serves more than 6000 of them to guests daily. (2nd oldest).

St Peter Stifskulinarium: Austria (803)- is situated within the walls of St Peter’s Abbey in Salzburg. It developed a reputation for serving ‘tafelspitz’ (boiled beef with minced apple & horseradish). Christopher Columbus, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Clint Eastwood are said to have been served at the restaurant. That’s quite a time span! (The oldest).

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